If you like it, you should put an egg on it — add one to these meals next time

Eggs love to break rules, and that’s what makes them such a kitchen staple. Tell an egg it’s a breakfast food, and it will surprise you by finding its way onto the ingredient list of your next risotto recipe. It’s just how eggs roll — they’re that useful.

As for health benefits, eggs make a great source of protein and omega-3s, and they can even help you meet your vitamin D quota. And while all eggs have vitamin D, some eggs — depending on the diet of the hens — have more. For example, Eggland’s Best has six times more vitamin D than ordinary eggs as well as twice as much vitamin B12 and omega-3s and 25 percent less saturated fat than ordinary eggs, thanks to the all-vegetarian feed it gives its hens.

So, if you’re ready to get cookin’, try adding Eggland’s Best eggs to these common dishes.

1. Avocado toast

Call it a millennial thing, but avocado toast is delicious. Tomato, feta cheese and bacon are some common topping options, but an egg — fried, poached or hard-boiled — adds some much-needed protein to make avocado toast a more complete, balanced meal.

2. Pizzas and flatbreads

There was a time when putting pineapple on pizza was considered out of the box. These days, anything goes, fried eggs included. Use eggs as a protein alternative to meats or just because they’re tasty.

3. Salads

Hard-boiled eggs are standard in Cobb salad, but any simple salad with some crumbled-up hard-boiled eggs becomes more filling and flavorful.

4. Risotto

Risottos tend to be creamy and savory, making them a perfect base to top with a fried egg. Why? Because breakfast and dinner risotto recipes are both plentiful, and adding an egg just makes regular risotto that much more interesting.

5. Pasta

Spaghetti tossed with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan — that’s an easy dinner. But it gets tastier when you add an egg. A couple options here: You can go the over-easy route and use the gooey yolk as your sauce, or you can crack the eggs into the pasta at the end of cooking. This will cook the egg into the pasta for a more scrambled vibe.

6. Any kind of hash

Making breakfast hash with potatoes? Add an egg on top, not on the side (you know you’re going to mix it all together anyway). Making a dinner hash skillet with vegetables? Yep, you can still add an egg.

7. Burgers

Burgers with fried eggs are messy but delicious, much like avocado toast but likely with less healthy fats. Hey, you have to indulge sometimes.

8. Waffles

Waffles don’t always have to be syrup bombs, which is why savory waffles are becoming more and more popular. While there are some complex recipes out there, you can also just top one with cheese, hash browns and — say it with me — a fried egg. Eat sandwich-style or open-faced.

9. Veggies

Most vegetable side dishes, whether baked or sautéed, would mesh well with a fried egg on top. Sweet potatoes, onions with peppers, root veggies, asparagus, squash and zucchini with peppers — dream up a combination and just experiment.

This post is sponsored by Eggland’s Best.

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